Location of Hennepin County Medical Center Brings Challenges During Super Bowl

January 11, 2018 02:15 PM

Medical care facilities are preparing in case of any emergencies during the 10 days of festivities for the Super Bowl.

But the biggest hospital in Minneapolis faces some challenges because of its location right next to U.S. Bank Stadium. 

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"Honestly right now it's all about semper gumby, be flexible," said Dr. John Hick, emergency physician at HCMC.

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The Friday before festivities kick off, Hick says the hospital will start bringing in extra staff, some even staying overnight.

"We'll be at summer staffing levels, which means an increase in staff across the board," Hick said. 

Mike Trullinger, with Hennepin EMS, is anticipating a 10 percent increase in call volume during that 10 days.

"We're optimistically ready in the sense that there are going to be some things that are new to us," Trullinger said.

With the hospital right across the street from U.S. Bank Stadium, road closures and barriers are certainly a concern. 

"That perimeter is definitely going to drive some operational issues for us that aren't normal," Hick said. 

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HCMC staff admit patients will have to plan for extra time getting here and traffic could impact the routes of ambulances. That's why they're moving the base of ambulance operations that week to avoid the congestion. 

"We'll deal with the traffic issue," Trullinger said. "We will get to you."

As far as parking, Hick stresses their garage will still be open for employees and patients.

"We don't really anticipate the parking to be a huge issue except on Super Bowl Sunday," Hick said. 

Accidents are bound to happen with a million people visiting, but no matter what it is hospital personnel say they're ready. 

"We're excited, we're nervous, we're a little freaked out, but we think it's going to be good," Hick said. 
 

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